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An Deasbad Naiseanta 2018⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The preliminary rounds of the National Gaelic Schools Debate will take place on 6 and 7 November 2018. This year marks the twentieth national debate.  By participating in this competition, young people in Gaelic Medium Education are afforded an opportunity to develop their debating skills through the medium of Gaelic.

Education Scotland is pleased to be a sponsor for this competition along with Bòrd na Gàidhlig, The Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, The Highland Council, Glasgow City Council and Scottish Qualifications Authority.

The final round of the competition will be on 28 November at The Scottish Parliament.

e-Sgoil⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

e-Sgoil’s engagement with the Scottish Attainment Challenge is now documented as part of a Live Narrative Project.  This sharing of practice is intended to assist senior leaders and teachers  with improving practice through the medium of Gaelic and English. More information can be found at

Digital Offer – Gaelic (Learners)⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Press Release from SCILT 19 September 2018

Twenty representatives from seven local authorities across Scotland attended a conference on digital learning in Gaelic Learner Education at the University of Strathclyde on 14 September 2018. The forum discussed provision for Gaelic language learners online, with the aim of improving the digital offer and increasing the number of Gaelic learners in Scottish secondary schools.

Phyllis Green, who attended the conference on behalf of West Lothian Council, said: “The conference helped raise awareness of how we could support Gaelic learning within our authority. Following on from this event, we plan to make links with e-Sgoil, and with other local authorities, to look at how digital can be exploited to support learning within West Lothian Council.”

Jo Ellson, representing Aberdeenshire Council, commented: “It was particularly valuable to discover what is available in a wider context to support learners digitally, and to see the will of all those attending to take Gaelic learning forward.”

The event was facilitated by SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages. Delegates included representatives from Further and Higher Education as well as national education organisations, SQA and Scottish Government.

SCILT Professional Development Officer, Eòghan Stewart, said: “The conference allowed us to bring colleagues from Comhairle nan Eilean’s e-Sgoil to meet with representatives from other local authorities in order to build links with one another and with Further and Higher Education institutions. There is an appetite to learn Gaelic amongst young people but it can be unclear how to go about doing this if there is no teacher in the school. With a good digital learning strategy nationally, we hope to increase the numbers learning and, eventually, speaking the language, in line with the aims of the Scottish Government Gaelic Language Plan.”

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s e-Sgoil was established in August 2016. Through a network of staff who deliver online learning, e-Sgoil aims to support the expansion of Gaelic Medium Education locally and nationally. e-Sgoil recently launched an on-line class for National 5 and Higher Gaelic (Learners). This has attracted 12 candidates for the 2018-19 session.

More information is available here:

https://www.scilt.org.uk/News/NewsView/tabid/1311/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/12875/eLearning-conference-aims-for-digital-revolution-in-Gaelic-learning.aspx

 

National Model of Professional Learning⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

To support and strengthen professional learning, Education Scotland has published a new national model of professional learning which replaces previous guidance.

The model of professional learning identifies the key principles and features of effective learning that will build capacity and promote collaborative practices. The new model provides a shared language and aspiration, informing the provision, structure and nature of learning. It also outlines the kinds of learning that will empower and enable you to best meet the needs of learners.

https://www.scelframework.com/about/the-model-of-professional-learning/?dm_i=LQE,5W0AQ,5GL2BW,N18SO,1

 

 

 

So you want to be a headteacher….?⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Seminar at the Scottish Learning Festival

Leven Room, 16:15-17:15

Wednesday 19 September 2018 

Names of key presenters:

Gillian Hamilton (Strategic Director, Education Scotland), Carrie Lindsay (Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services, Fife and Regional Improvement Lead, South East Alliance), headteachers from across Scotland.

Descriptor:

Are you considering applying for a headship?  This informal discussion brings together headteachers working in different sectors across Scotland to share their experiences of headship. Carrie and Gillian will discuss the support available for aspiring and new headteachers, and the changing responsibilities and expectations of the headteacher role.  A panel of headteachers will share their experiences. Anne Graham, headteacher, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will represent Gaelic Medium Education (GME) on this panel.

Curriculum for GLE and GME⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

e-Sgoil is an interactive, real-time teaching facility which uses Glow, Office 365 and Vscene to support the teaching of Gaelic and through Gaelic in any school in Scotland. It supports the curriculum for 1+2, Gaelic Learner and Gaelic Medium Education. A short promotional video is available here:

http://bit.ly/2Nhvm2F

National perspective on the curriculum

“HM Inspectors found that in primary schools, most staff used Curriculum for Excellence well to plan learning experiences which were broad and balanced. However, they noted that improvements are required in secondary schools to ensure personalised learning pathways for young people in GME. Staff need to make better use of digital technology, partnerships with the local community and businesses and colleges to support delivery of some of the curriculum through Gaelic.”  Read more in the report, Quality and Improvement in Scottish Education

Support for self-evaluation

Case study and challenge questions on improving the secondary GME and GLE curriculum

A review of e-Sgoil’s first year of operation is available here:

http://e-sgoil.com/media/1133/e-sgoil-report-year-1-june-2018.pdf

For more information, please contact e-sgoil@gnes.net or phone 01851 822850.

 

 

 

Briefing on Gaelic Education⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Our latest briefing on Gaelic Education is now available and features:

  • Details of the seminar for Gaelic Education at the Scottish Learning Festival on Wednesday 19 September, 09.30-10.15. This year’s seminar is designed to support strategic planning for the expansion of ELC 1140 hours, with some advice on the GME senior phase.
  • A practice exemplar and challenge questions to support the development of the secondary GME curriculum.
  • Support for social studies in the GME curriculum: Please log in to Glow and on to the Social Studies Network (#socialstudies) to find Gaelic versions of resources for Gallipoli and World War 1. A grant of £250 is available to support learning on the First World War. This is also an opportunity to enhance intergenerational links and technology skills within the curriculum.
  • Details of the professional learning that Education Scotland is delivering at An t-Alltan in September. These focus on: leadership in GME, effective early learning and childcare (ELC) in GME and the National Standardised Assessments for GME.
  • A new resource, through the medium of Gaelic, for self-evaluation The Gaelic version of How good is OUR school? Part 1 and Part 2  is now available on the National Improvement Hub.

Please follow this link to our Briefings.

There are ongoing updates on our blog for GME and Gaelic Learner Education.

 

Information to support GME curriculum partners⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

A free introductory module is available to develop an awareness of dyslexia.  It may support partners working with schools . To find out more click here.

A new national CLD partnership plan was launched in June. It aims to improve the co-ordination of workforce development opportunities at national and regional level in community learning and development across Scotland.

Grants to support learning on the First World War⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Do your plans for the curriculum include developing children and young people’s knowledge, skills and understanding of the First World War? Do you intend to do some intergenerational work to promote children and young people’s Gaelic language skills?  Has your tracking of children and young people’s skills in technology shown a gap for which an opportunity to create a film would be useful?

A grant of £250 is available as part of the Scottish Government’s five-year World War 1 Commemorative Programme to mark the centenary of the First World War. It aims to help children and young people develop their understanding of the causes of the First World War and impact on people’s lives.

More information is available at:

https://www.historicenvironment.scot/learn/schools/wwi-project-grants?dm_t=0,0,0,0,0